>>2874860>Esidisi usually has a smiley face and Kars in contrast has an ahegao. this bothers me. Kars has such a beautiful smile.
Well, to be fair, Kars sticks his tongue out a lot and gives a lot of bedroom eyes in canon, and Esidisi usually is smiling no matter what is going on in canon, so I think that's part of where these depictions come from. I understand how frustrating it is when you don't see Kars that way though. lol I'll have some smiling top Kars for you eventually here. >Given how much Kars stood to lose, and had already lost by then, can you actually call his actions ignoble? perhaps, but they were justified
Agreed. I think I just don't agree with the general sentiment that the ends justify the means, but damn if it's not understandable in his situation.>the pillar men add another conflict to the reasoning we use to exalt ourselves over animals because not only are they stronger than we are, but they're outright higher on the food chain even considering the tools we've developed.
Yep. It's basically The Thucydides Trap, but on a species level. It's understandable that the humans would see them as an existential threat, though at the same time it's tragic as it's not like the Pillar Men didn't exist first and have as much right to advance themselves as humans.
It seems to me like the Pillar Men were a great metaphor for radical individualism in the face of collectivism; Kars and Esidisi sacrificing their collectivist people because their people did not respect their individual right to seek self improvement, even if they'd share it with their people. I think this is why Kars has disdain for humanity despite humanity's accomplishments, because humanity embraced the advancements the few made, unlike the pillar people, but rather than individual strength, value humanity collectively. They make an interesting contrast like that. I wish Battle Tendency had involved WWII more deeply given that. Could have been interesting.